Quotes and Sayings about Inferiority



"To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Inferiority, Agitation, Being, Conquest, Feeling)

"We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Inferiority, Temper)

"Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Inferiority, Expression, Feeling)

"One of the processes of your life is to constantly break down that inferiority, to constantly reaffirm that I Am Somebody."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: Life, Inferiority)

"Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male's superiority."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Society, Inferiority, Superiority, Being, Man, Woman)

"When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Inferiority, Fact)

"We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Intelligence, Inferiority, Superiority, Man)

"The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority."
- John C. Calhoun
(Related: Life, Inferiority, Nothing, Surrender)

"Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Inferiority, Friends)

"The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Inferiority, Man)

"Anyone determined to find another person or group inferior can always find whole lists of grounds that demonstrate inferiority because we are all inferior to the ideals of humanness we have erected."
- Marilyn French
(Related: Inferiority, Ideals)

"Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority."
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Related: Inferiority, Feeling)

"I have a huge ego and a huge inferiority complex at the same time."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Time, Inferiority, Ego)

"Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education."
- Angelina Grimke
(Related: Education, Women, Sympathy, Inferiority, Liberal, Man, Wrong)

"Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Thought, Inferiority, Fear)

"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Gratitude, Inferiority, Benefits, Obligation, Pain, Pleasure, Revenge)

"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Inferiority, Italy, Man)

"Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower."
- Alan Kay
(Related: Intelligence, Time, People, Inferiority, Mind, Right, Will, Worry)

"A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he's just as good as everybody else."
- John B. Keane
(Related: Inferiority)

"Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Society, Truth, Lie, Inferiority, Discrimination, Waking)

"When I first began, the technicians, camera and makeup men made me feel so self-conscious that I began to have the biggest inferiority complex about my looks."
- Jessie Matthews
(Related: Men, Inferiority, First, Makeup, Self)

"I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority."
- Peter Matthiessen
(Related: Inferiority, Superiority, Fiction)

"So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex, and I've told the story often about how that inspired me later in life to get involved in other things, because I couldn't out-do my brothers in sports, and it's a very competitive relationship."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Life, Sports, Inferiority, Brothers)

"All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition."
- Cesare Pavese
(Related: Inferiority, Ambition, Sense)

"The supposed inferiority of a constructed language to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is, of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Inferiority, Idea, Criticism, Language, Richness)

"I can think of no one that my grandparents knew, that told me stories and that I experienced myself, had any sense of social inferiority growing up in segregated Washington. None whatsoever."
- Ed Smith
(Related: Inferiority, Grandparents, Growing up, Sense, Washington)

"Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: People, Inferiority, Friends)

"For much of the female half of the world, food is the first signal of our inferiority. It lets us know that our own families may consider female bodies to be less deserving, less needy, less valuable."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Food, Inferiority, First, May, World)

"Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance."
- Sun Tzu
(Related: Inferiority, Arrogance)

"To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone."
- Earl Warren
(Related: Age, Inferiority, Children, Community, Feeling, May, Race)

"The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Inferiority, Superiority, Gifts, Race)

"The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Thought, Inferiority, Class)

"Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Inferiority, Schools)